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There have been at least two unnamed red engines featured in The Railway Series.

The First Red Engine

"The driver won't choose you again. He wants big strong engines, like us."
— The Big Engines to Edward, Edward's Day Out, The Three Railway Engines


The First Red Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
  • Configuration: 4-6-0

The First Red Engine lived at Vicarstown Sheds with Edward, Henry, Gordon, 98462 and 87546, it is unknown what happened to the engine afterwards, although he/she could have returned back to The Other Railway.


It is implied that the engine, along with the four other engines, liked to hurt Edward's feelings due to him being smaller and weaker than them.


The engine's basis is not known, with no outside cylinders or motion. He/she looks a cross between Gordon and Henry in his old shape with a 4-6-0 or 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.


The engine is painted in a red coat of paint, with yellow and black lining, and has red wheels and a black dome.


Railway Series


The Second Red Engine


The Second Red Engine
  • Class: L&YR Class 25
  • Builder: Horwich Works
  • Designer: George Hughes
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm
  • Configuration: 2-6-0, originally 0-6-0

The Second Red Engine tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success, it is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.


The engine's personality is somewhat unknown; it is possible he/she is a helpful and obedient sort, having tried to push Henry out of the tunnel, by order of the Fat Director.


The engine is based on the L&YR Class 25 with an the added pony truck and a Fowler tender, very much like James.


The engine is painted in a bright red coat of paint, with yellow and black lining. He/she has red wheels and a red dome.


Railway Series


  • The engine was originally drawn to be James. However, children wrote to Wilbert Awdry asking why James was red before he got painted in the third book. The Reverend then decided that the engine was a different character altogether.
  • The engine's role in The Sad Story of Henry was replaced by Thomas when the story was adapted into the television series. Ironically, James took his/her role in The Adventure Begins.


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